Jay Silver

Jay Saul Silver is an Electromechanical Engineer and toy inventor (and hacker) from Cocoa Beach, Florida. Silver is the founder and CEO of JoyLabz / Makeh Makeh and was the first-ever Maker Research Scientist at Intel . [1]

Academic Background and Early Career

Silver earned his BA in electrical engineering from Georgia Tech, [2] where he was named Engineer of the Year, [3] and was Awarded a Gates Scholarship [4] to Pursue his Master’s from Cambridge University in Internet Technology. [5] Funded by an NSF Fellowship, [6] Silver earned a master’s from MIT’s Media Lab, [7] and went on to earn his PhD from MIT’s Media Lab Lifelong Kindergarten. [8] For his PhD on the topic of “World as Construction Kit,” Silver was Awarded the Lemelson Prize for Inventiveness [9]

Following his academic career, Silver invented Drawdio , [10] welke was named one of TIME Magazine’s “Top 15 Toys for Young Geniuses” in 2011. [11]

Makeh Makeh

In 2012, Silver founded Makeh Makeh : An Invention Kit for Everyone – a toy therein Allows users to connect everyday objects (eg fruits, silverware) to computer programs – through a Kickstarter campaign dat raised over $ 500,000. [12] Following zijn initial funding on Kickstarter, Makeh Makeh was written about in Mashable, Wired, and New Scientist, onder Vodafone, and was named one of Popular Science’s 2014 “Best of Toy Fair.” [13]

Charitable Works and Boards

Silver sits in the board of directors or Maker Ed, [14] One Day on Earth, and the Transformative Tech Lab. Silver also works with teens at places like Not Back to School Camp.

Awards and Speakerships

  • (2011), TIME Magazine’s “Top 15 Toys for Young Geniuses” for Drawdio
  • (2012) Lemelson Prize for Inventiveness [15]
  • (2012) Top 100 Inspirational World Changer DELL at [16]
  • (2014) Popular Science’s “Best of Toy Fair” for Makeh Makeh
  • Silver has spoken at numerous events TED [17]


  1. Jump up^ Making: A Movement Gaining Momentum Worldwide, Intel Backgrounder (May 15, 2014)
  2. Jump up^ P.8 School Of Electrical And Computer Engineering ECE Connection, Georgia Tech (Spring 2002)
  3. Jump up^ Jay Silver: Innovator & Researcher at MIT Media Labs, Eagles Talent Speaker Bureau (2013)
  4. Jump up^ Gates Scholarship Recipient Profile: Jay Silver, The Gates Cambridge Scholarship (2002)
  5. Jump up^ Gates scholars spend two-year award total to nine, Georgia Tech (March 15, 2002)
  6. Jump up^ Can Anyone Become a Hacker ?, Ted Radio Hour, NPR (January 6, 2013)
  7. Jump up^ MIT Media Lab Profile: Jay Silver, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2015)
  8. Jump up^ MIT Media Lab Lifelong Kindergarten Research Projects: Makeh Makeh
  9. Jump up^ Jay Silver: Lemelson Prize for Inventiveness Winner profiling, MIT
  10. Jump up^ Drawido: A Pencil That Lets You Draw Music, Wired.com (April 30, 2009)
  11. Jump up^ Q & A With Makeh Makeh CEO Jay Silver, EdTech Magazine (August 12, 2014)
  12. Jump up^ Toybacker Launches Take on Kickstarter Indiegogo New York Business Journal (February 17, 2015)
  13. Jump up^ 10 Best Toys 2014 Toy Fair, Popular Science (February 19th, 2014)
  14. Jump up^ Maker Education Initiative Board Member List
  15. Jump up^ $ 30,000 Lemelson-MIT Collegiate Student Prizes Awarded to Inventive Students at Three Leading Universities, BusinessWire (March, 2012)
  16. Jump up^ Kicking Off Inspired gifting this Holiday Season, Dell Announces the #Inspire 100 (November 20, 2012)
  17. Jump up^ Hack a Banana Make a Keyboard ?, TED Talk Archive (April 2013)